Migrant ordeal comes to an end: Stranded migrants finally land in Malta

A migrant child aboard the Sea Watch vessel

They say warrants were issued for 14 suspects in Sicily and one in northern Italy, with several arrests made.

Earlier this week, Sea-Watch said some of those aboard were distraught about the stalemate, which left the boat at the mercy of rough seas for many days.

Thirty-two migrants were rescued on December 22 and 17 more on December 29 from unseaworthy smugglers' boats.

The migrants have been stranded off the coast of Malta on two boats since late a year ago, with some suffering from dehydration and seasickness. He said that Germany still aims to reach "a long-term and sustainable mechanism".

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said five unaccompanied child migrants would be taken in from Malta as a gesture of solidarity and humanitarian assistance.

Of the remaining 118 migrants, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat revealed that 44 Bangladeshi nationals will be returned to their own country, meaning 74 will remain in Malta.

"I am and remain absolutely contrary to new arrivals in Italy", he said.

Following Wednesday's deal, Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini accused the European Commission of "facilitating the work of smugglers and NGOs".

Diana Edulji recommends `suspension pending inquiry` against Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul
He said, "We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated". He also took the opportunity to distance himself from the comments made by Pandya and Rahul.

The call has been shared by Italy's protestant community, with evangelicals offering to take in some of the migrants. "If human values and solidarity are not upheld, then it is not Europe", said European Union migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Mr Muscat welcomed the show of "solidarity and understanding" shown by the European Union nations, and said the transfer of migrants to the eight other countries would begin as soon as possible. "The rescue boats will then be told to leave Maltese waters", Muscat told reporters.

This was followed on 29 December with another 17 asylum seekers rescued by the "Sea-Eye" humanitarian ship.

He again defended his decision to refuse to let the ships dock, although Malta had allowed them to enter its waters for supplies and to shelter from bad weather.

The migrants arrived in Malta on Wednesday afternoon after being transferred from the Sea-Watch 3 and Dutch-flagged Albrecht Penck ships to Maltese coastguard vessels.

He said that of the total of 298 migrants, 176 would be sent to Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Italy.

Police in Spain said Wednesday they broke up a gang that allegedly smuggled people and drugs on boats from Morocco and charged migrants up to 2,000 euros ($2,300) a trip.

Related News:



Most liked

So many people get hurt in the bloody 'Punisher' Season 2 trailer
Do you think it will be better than the first season? She responds, "It was nearly like you were happy for the excuse". He may not be Jigsaw, yet. "I'm not the one who dies, kid", he grumbles, "I'm the one who does the killing".

Indian cricket team does not support views of Hardik, Rahul: Kohli
The controversy has arisen in the build-up to the first of India's three one-day internationals against Australia on Saturday. Kohli also said that what happened in the show was not acceptable and individual opinions are not the view of the India team.

Canada's Milos Raonic to face home-nation Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open
World No.51 Kyrgios had a break point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

Trump holds immigration roundtable at border patrol station
Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, told journalists Trump "sort of slammed the table", then "got up and walked out". Hundreds of thousands of federal workers now face lost paychecks on Friday. "He's winning here.

LG says these are the TVs of the future
When in Zero View , all 65 inches of the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R is hidden from view, tucked away in the base. The massive 88-inch 8K OLED television isn't just large AND with more pixels than anyone now needs.

Steelers president on Antonio Brown: ‘We’ll look at all the options’
Antonio Brown's future in Pittsburgh is starting to become even more clear following the comments by the president of the team. If the Steelers were to trade Brown, the price tag would likely be high, according to NFL Network.

Fed chair Jerome Powell to speak on market concerns Thursday
The central bank's quarterly forecast in December showed Fed officials still expect two more increases in 2019. The Fed chief was also asked about the partial US government shutdown.

National Basketball Association continuing investigation into Cavs, speaking to Patrick McCaw’s representatives Thursday
The Warriors took note of what was unfolding and asked the National Basketball Association to take a look at the situation. McCaw played just three games in Cleveland after signing a nonguaranteed two-year, $6 million deal with the Cavaliers.

Luka Doncic Tallies Fourth-Most All-Star Votes in Second Return
The 68th All-Star game will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on February 17 at 8 p.m. Complete details of the second 2019 NBA All-Star Game fan voting update below .

Mercedes-Benz CLA unveiled at CES in Las Vegas
Low drag coefficient means better aerodynamics and that can make a auto go faster and more fuel efficient as well. Engine outputs are 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque, transmitted to the wheels via a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.

Tim Cook Promised New Services, said Qualcomm Promoted 'Fake News'
All eyes will be on the March guidance as the key swing factor for the shares in the near term, they said. It would be the second time Apple has cut iPhone in the last two months if the report is accurate.

Samsung Galaxy S10 hits Geekbench benchmarks
But the most interesting revelation in this photo is the presence of the hole-punch design for the front facing camera. This feature is not new in the smartphone world, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro launched past year with this feature.

Marko Arnautovic delivers West Ham transfer bombshell
Shanghai SIPG are the side said to be interested and have reportedly offered a wage packet of £200,000 per week over a four-year deal.

Batshuayi to leave Valencia 'in the coming hours or days'
Chelsea striker, Michy Batshuayi is set to return to Stamford Bridge this month after Valencia chose to cut his loan short. Michy Batshuayi is set to return to Chelsea - but it doesn't look as though he'll be sticking around at Stamford Bridge.

Horse race bet with William Hill
How to place a bet To place your wager/bet, all you need is to provide the appropriate information to the ticket writer. Simply you just have to pay £1horse bet and you can easily watch the live horse racing broadcast on your device.